June 2021

Pervert caged for ‘unfathomable’ drunken sexual assaults on teenage girl

A pervert who sexually assaulted a teenage girl was also found in possession of extreme pornography involving animals.

Stephen Johns carried out the “unfathomable” sex assaults against the victim in 2019 and was later found in possession of the sickening material in July, last year

The 45-year-old gave the girl a drink of Jack Daniels and Coke before carrying out the assaults after he himself had drank around “20 bottles” of lager.

Johns, of Kingfisher Drive, Guisborough, appeared at Teesside Crown Court on Thursday to be sentenced for two counts of sexual assault and one count of possessing extreme pornographic material.

Shaun Dodds, prosecuting, said at the time of one of the sexual assaults, Johns was “drunk” and had given the girl a sip of Jack Daniels and Coke.

“He had been drinking lager all night”, he said.

Johns then “held” the victim to the floor and “got on top” before sexually assaulting her, saying “it will be all right”.

After carrying out the assault, which left the girl “feeling sick”, Johns then “said sorry”.

Mr Dodds said that months previous to the incident, Johns had carried out another sex assault on the girl, who was described as “vulnerable”.

When Johns was finally arrested by police he admitted the assaults but denied he had a sexual interest in children.

He said he’d had “about 20 bottles of lager” in the lead up to the second assault.

Recorder Jamie Hill QC said Johns’ crimes were “unfathomable” and “caused great suffering”.

He jailed him for six-years.

Johns will also be on the sex offender register for life, and was made subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and an indefinite restraining order against the victim.